Giggles in the Middle: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Middle School

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Maupin House Publishing, Inc., 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 406 pages
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Jane Bell Kiester, author of the popular Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle series, has adapted her effective and fun approach to meet the specific learning needs of middle-school students. This resource improves writing and editing skills, raises test scores, engages students, and creates classrooms filled with giggles! Giggles in the Middle offers middle-school teachers all the benefits of the previous Caught'ya! books, plus some helpful "extras" created especially for the middle-school student. You'll find: One continuous story, "The Bizarre Mystery of Horribly Hard Middle School," divided into three parts, each with enough sentences for an entire school year; Classroom-tested writing assignment suggestions, mini-lessons, and teaching tips; "Almost-midterm" and final exam tests for each grade, with teacher keys; Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions; Complete vocabulary lists for words used in each story; and A CD with the Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Guide for easy reference and duplication; the complete, uninterrupted story in narrative form; and the Caught'ya! sentences. Giggles in the Middle gives middle-school teachers the perfect alternative to boring grammar books and dry lectures. With this flexible, proven approach to developing grammar, usage, and mechanics (GUM) skills, as well as vocabulary, everyone has fun while they learn!

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I've spent the last 18 years looking for ways to make learning grammar fun, to little avail. I've got fun activities for reading, writing, even spelling, but fun grammar has always eluded me. Until ... Read full review

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I am in seventh grade, and I felt that the reading was not up to my level, or anyone else's, for that matter. The vocabulary words do not fit with the rest of the story, and the mix between elementary school voice, elaborate vocabulary words, and slang that nobody uses, is very disconcerting. Living in a foreign country, most of my classmates do not understand what the slang means, and think it is an extra word of those that they do not understand. When does anyone say "tubular"?
I also feel that the Caught'yas reinforce bad grammar, unsophisticated writing, and slang in our own writing. How are we supposed to write well and with correct grammar, when the exercises that we use are filled with them? I usually have very good grammar, but after looking at Caught'yas, I cannot write well. In Spanish class, instead, we learn the rules and the different sentence parts, and I feel this is a better way to learn and understand the way that we speak, so as to not commit mistakes while writing or speaking.
I seldom hear giggles in the classroom during grammar class, except when one of our classmates makes a good joke, unrelated to the Caught'yas.
Therefore, maybe this is a good tool to use in elementary, but for middle school or higher classes, it is best left unused.


Caughtyas in a Nutshell
Implementing and Assessing
Questions You May Have about the Caughtyas
List of Vocabulary and Character Names
Caughtyas for Sixth Grade
125 Caughtyas for Seventh Grade
125 Caughtyas for Eighth Grade

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About the author (2013)

Jane Kiester is the author of the popular Caught'ya books: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle; Caught'ya Again! More Grammar with a Giggle; The Chortling Bard! Grammar with a Giggle for High School; Giggles in the Middle: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Middle School; Eggbert, the Ball, Bounces by Himself: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for First Grade; Putrescent Petra Finds Friends: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Second Grade; and Juan and Marie Join the Class: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Third Grade (these last three were formerly Elementary, My Dear! Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Grades 1, 2, and 3), all published by Maupin House. Teachers all over the country also use the new edition of her third book, Blowing Away the State Writing Assessment Test, to help improve their students' scores on state writing assessment tests. Jane's most recent book is Teach Spelling So It Sticks. She is currently writing three new books. In addition to writing books, Jane has given hundreds of workshops to fellow teachers around the country for the past ten years. Her subject? The same as in her classroom, where she happily taught elementary or middle school for more than 30 years -- teaching students to write well. In her three decades as a classroom teacher, Jane has served many years as various department chairpersons and grade-level chairperson. She is also a past president of the Alachua County Teachers of English. Jane has been recognized three times by "Who's Who Among America's Teachers." In 2002 she won Teacher of the Year for her school and Middle School Teacher of the Year for her county. Problem-solving Workshops for Teachers Jane's energy is contagious! Her workshops, seminars and invited presentations delight and rejuvenate teachers at all grade levels. Jane delivers practical, classroom-proven ideas to solve those yucky "must-do" situations all teachers face. Each presentation sparkles with Jane's insightful humor. Her seminars and symposium speaking topics are shaped to fit the specific needs of schools and districts.

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